On October 12, 2023, GDHN held a monthly meeting with the theme, Information Security for International Development Projects: How do we protect personal identifiable information when digital solutions are not available?
Strong information security is a critical component of the digital health landscape and is often strengthened with the use of cybersecurity tools for digital systems. While protecting digital information is important, this approach must recognize that many users’ health records in most low- to middle-income countries (LMICs) exist only in paper form and are thus not protected by digital information security practices.
Implementing partners and international development agencies working in LMICs and digital health should strive to protect users by delivering information security solutions and practices that include physical records, especially those of people living with HIV in countries where laws have criminalized key populations.
Laurence Claussen, Editorial & Communications Associate, Palladium
Eric Ramirez, Senior Technical Advisor, Palladium
Health Informatics Advisor, Palladium